“Tea with Andrew Jackson on the Eve of the 1828 Presidential Election”

(Written for a dVersePoets prompt to imagine a conversation with a famous person.)

It’s very kind of you, General Jackson
To ask me to tea.
The memories the Hermitage must hold.
Please share some with me.

Rachel, of course, your dear beloved wife
Such rumors did fly
About the circumstances of your vows
Taken on the sly.

I’ve read of the slander spread by your foes.
Your counterattack
Successfully implemented by those
Who helped spread it back.

Your victory battle at New Orleans
A high point indeed.
Regrettably tainted by arrogance.
That’s the way you lead.

Though I do support your common-man views
I doubt I can vote
For you, as your lack of experience
Makes success remote.

Thank you for taking the time to explain.
I’ll think long and hard
Of your bravery, honor and respect
As I mark my card.

(Written for dVersePoets, Poetics: a cup of tea with Miss Marple, March 23, 2013.)

 

 

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5 Responses to “Tea with Andrew Jackson on the Eve of the 1828 Presidential Election”

  1. brian miller says:

    interesting…interesting too he rode up to the white house on a horse…ha..a common man…i wonder if we would ever vote a true common man in today or if the office is better suited for the kings we do crown…

  2. claudia says:

    an interesting weave…and it’s good to take all the different things into account and weigh them carefully before marking the card..

  3. susielindau says:

    Such a great poem! Love your historical perspective!

  4. He had common man views but Indians and Blacks were not included.

  5. billgncs says:

    VB, I think your poetry is especially good.

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